C&D Zodiac Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • From the old C&D Aerospace days, the people are the heart and soul of the entire culture (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and overall positive work environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management at the VP level (in 8 reviews)

  • Very low pay and almost no raises to speak of (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Composite Tech

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    Current Employee - Composite Technician in Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Composite Technician in Santa Maria, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time

    Pros

    Fast pace work. Good people to work with

    Cons

    not much OT and a lot of standing


  2. Helpful (1)

    Scatter-brained

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Intern in Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Intern in Santa Maria, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most employees are great people and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, organization, and upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spreading yourselves so thin.


  3. There's a reason this company is always hiring...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Maria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a shorter commute than my previous job. There are lots of really nice people that work on the manufacturing floor. I honestly have a hard time finding anything else good about this place.

    Cons

    The company encourages a culture of non-stop work at the expense of anything else. People are often severely reprimanded (not in writing mind you) for staying home sick or having to take care of their families. You're either at work or you're not doing your job. And if you pay attention to the people in charge you'll notice that the management staff is very white-washed. One could expect that the people on the manufacturing floor aren't going to make it any further than lower-mid management because of the fact that most of them speak English as a second language. The pay isn't what I would consider competitive with other major employers in the area, and for a company that boasts that they're the second largest employer in this area, that's pretty sad. For the level of stress that comes from a production environment it's just not worth it for anyone who's been in the professional community longer than a year or two. If you know what you're worth and your resume has more than an entry or two, do yourself a favor and skip C&D Zodiac entirely. Because they just don't care to make it worth a person's while.

    Advice to Management

    Encouraging a culture where time off for any reason is considered a negative is only going to lead to more good people leaving the company. Quick fixes don't solve problems, they only make them worse in the long run. And as the military is fond of saying, there are no bad soldiers, only bad leaders.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    nothing going for it

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    Former Employee - Industrial Designer in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial Designer in Santa Maria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    its located int he central coast

    Cons

    they hire a lot of workers who need visas. work long hours. there are no perks. bonuses are super weak. some workers have to work over weekends. pay is horrible. its a stepping stone for fresh college students to get some experience in a professional field.

    Advice to Management

    fire all managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Comfortable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ndt Technician/Quality Inspector in Marysville, WA
    Former Employee - Ndt Technician/Quality Inspector in Marysville, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C&D Zodiac (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. It has good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and overtime. Long time in-between raises


  7. Helpful (3)

    Put in a lot of effort for little return

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not a whole lot beside the production of interesting products.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, no team environment everyone is looking out for themselves in turn blame others on issues, and bad corporate environment with such a large amount of employees its very impersonal. They try to hold holiday parties, but they are embarrassingly bad and show with lack of organization effort and lack of investing back into the company. They pretty much hire anyone off the street without considering any experience, which makes it frustrating to get your own job done correctly. Engineers seem to be lacking in every department and it shows in the suffering of their programs.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for and when you're pay is so low you don't get quality and when you do it doesn't stick around long. Invest in your own company.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Good place for go-getters, at least initially.

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    Former Employee - Stress Engineer Manager
    Former Employee - Stress Engineer Manager

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People that work their butt off despite low starting pay can advance very quickly in the first few years due to high turnover, especially in engineering and even more in stress engineering. They have a saying, "keep the keepers" and it definitely pays to be recognized as one of those. Great place to start and get some experience.

    Cons

    Very chaotic environment at times. Constant inflow of new engineers to replace those who quit, so it felt like I was having to work through the same issues over and over again. There is low turnover at the top, so once you are promoted to a manager level it might be hard to advance much further.

    Advice to Management

    Place a higher value on engineers, and you will be able to retain better engineers.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good place to start.

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good opportunity for new grads to get right into the mix.

    Cons

    Limited career potential. Expect to do the same thing for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your engineers better and invest more in training and development. The high turnover rate must be extremely expensive, not to mention demoralizing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Design Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly, chill place to work. Room for growth

    Cons

    Low pay, disorganized, getting a raise is hard


  11. Helpful (2)

    unorganized and underpay

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    Current Employee - Material Control in Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Material Control in Santa Maria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to move around. chill place.

    Cons

    low pay. overworked people. no overtime pay salary

    Advice to Management

    treat you people better.



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